“In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.”

The other day Margaret Thatcher died. The Iron Lady is no more. She was, in so many ways, a trailblazers for women. She was the first woman to become prime minister of Britain and the first to lead a major Western power in modern times. She led her Conservative Party to three straight election wins and held office for 11 years — May 1979 to November 1990 — longer than any other British politician in the 20th century.  Her obituary says it far better than I could.

“…by the time she left office, the principles known as Thatcherism — the belief that economic freedom and individual liberty are interdependent, that personal responsibility and hard work are the only ways to national prosperity, and that the free-market democracies must stand firm against aggression — had won many disciples. Even some of her strongest critics accorded her a grudging respect. ” Here is her entire obituary.


Today is a damp, rainy day perfect for my mood. I’m a bit cranky. The dog and cat had a standoff and the lamp fell and the bulb was a casualty. Naturally I have no extra bulbs. Both of the animals ran in different directions, and I cursed the two of them. The three phone calls I’ve had so far this morning were all medical. My new glasses are in, my prescription is ready and would I like to save money by switching prescription providers. Not a pleasant call in the bunch. My other cat has appeared and so far she has escaped my wrath. I am blaming my back for all of this. I used to be pleasant, the sort that sings and has birds land on her finger to sing along. Okay, I stole that one from Sleeping Beauty. See, the day is so bad I’m even plagiarizing.

I want a season all by itself. I don’t want a winter’s night and a spring day. When the windows are open and fresh air fills the house, I almost can’t get enough of it. Everything the sun touches looks new. On a sunny day Gracie stays out most of the day. Right now she’s sleeping on the couch and snoring.

Yesterday I did errands and today I have more to do. That is so wrong. It ruins my day inside and my day outside pattern. I should not have to get dressed and should be able to sit around and read all day today interrupted only by a nap. See, I warned you I was cranky!

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20 Comments on ““In politics, If you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman.””

  1. sprite Says:

    I’m sorry you’ve had a rough morning. We got up early and biked down to see the cherry blossoms, which finally hit their peak midweek. Since it’s illegal to pick the blooms and since they’re ephemeral anyway and wouldn’t survive mailing north, I offer you this picture in the hopes that it makes you feel a bit better: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spriteshoots/8640711728/in/photostream

  2. olof1 Says:

    No sunshine here today, windy and cloudy and we might get snow tonight or tomorrow. But spring will arrive after that so I won’t complain too much.
    My rheumatism is attacking my elbows and my back but that’s more like a sour feeling andf not pain yet, unless I hit my elbows into something that seems to be the only thing I do all day 🙂 🙂 🙂

    I’ve never liked the Iron Lady, respected her yes but not liked. We now have a government that is very much inspired by her and they are destroying our social safety nets as good as they can. Even people dying in cancer that wants to spend their last time at home now must tell the insurance company what day they expect to die!!!! OK, that rule will be changed but it shows much how the government acts! We can no longer become ill, we are just lazy.

    Have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      You’re right: spring will arrive. It’s just the waiting which seems interminable. The two of us and our pains!!

      I think the general consensus would be she was not liked but was respected. She wasn’t a huge influence here except she and Reagan were great pals. I never liked him much either.

      How do you pick the day you’re going to die? I’d say sometime in the year 2140 but doubt that would go over too well.

      WE are heading in your direction with subsidized health care. Everyone in my state must have insurance: it is the law. It seems to be working okay but the cost is huge.

      Have a great evening.

  3. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Sorry you are feeling cranky. The weather is cranky weather. Thinking about Margaret Thatcher is not good for cranky either. Many years ago Antonia Fraser wrote a book called The Warrior Queens about women who lead their nations in wartime. Thatcher was included along with Boudicca and Indira Ghandi, Cleopatra and several others. It was an interesting read. Fraser divided them into two types. I don’t recall specifically what the types were but it was along the lines of women who lead and fought and women who just lead.
    I went to lunch with an old friend whom I had not heard from in over 13 years. Much has happened to the two of us but it was as if we had never lost touch.
    It’s trying to be sunny up here. I hope the day improves for you. In the meantime here is a smiling pansy face to brighten your day.

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I agree: it is cranky weather. I don’t ask for much, just one day in the 60’s, and I’ll be happy!

      It is always a wonderful thing when the years between visits seem like days. Those are the best friendships of all.

      The sun came out for a bit in the afternoon. I was lying on the couch trying to give my back a break when the room brightened. I’m reading the newest Patterson women’s murder club book, and that helps.

      The yellow was wondrous!!!

      • Caryn Says:

        Can’t pass up yellow flowers, especially pansies with their cute cat faces.
        My friend and I were horse riding buddies. We spent a lot of lunch recapping our various injuries that have come back to haunt us in our dotage. 🙂

      • Kat Says:

        I have a basket on a front step which I fill depending on the season. Tomorrow I will get pansies!!

  4. Bill S. Says:

    It’s ok to be cranky every now and then. Physical pain can do that to us–I know. By the way, did the dog and cat apologize for the broken bulb??? I’m sure they were sorry but didn’t know how to tell you…..Maybe they’ll get you a card or order flowers (just keep your credit cards hidden.).

    No sun here either, and tonite and tomorrow we expect rain/sleet/snow. Is this still March?

    Next Friday we go to Florida for a week with the little ones, to the same house in Venice where we stayed last year. We’ll see my brother and sister and their families. This is the first year I won’t see my mom, who died last July.

    The believers in Thatcherism never had to mine coal or farm or do all the other jobs that white collars won’t.

    • Kat Says:

      Thanks! I always feel a little guilt when I’m cranky. When I was lying on my back on the couch, the dog joined me and put her head on my leg. I took that as an apology. Fern is right here beside me on the couch, and I’m thinking she too is apologizing in her own way. Credit cars, though, are out of reach!

      Sleet is a possibility here as well. I’m going to have to start playing Christmas music soon. Moe, my sister in Colorado, had a foot of snow and no school the other day. What’s with that in April?

      I’m sorry about your mom. I know how awful that is, and it seems to linger a long time. Mine died 7 years ago last october, and I still find myself thinking about calling her.

      Have a wonderful vacation. Enjoy the sun and the beach and your granddaughters!!

  5. Spaceman Says:

    And no offense, but Thatcher war ein mensch.

  6. Vintage Spins Says:

    It’s understandable, I think, being a crank when you’re in pain or sick. I’ve still got bronchitis, going into my second week now, so I’m not Miss Cheerfulness and Light either.

    I know Gracie and the cats are in the ‘doghouse,’ but I love ’em already!

    Did it snow down there today? We woke to a snowstorm which then became rain.

    I hope you’re feeling better and that the sun peeps out tomorrow, Kat.


    • Kat Says:

      I used to get bronchitis every fall when i was working but once i retired, I never seemed to get it until this year so I know exactly how you’re feeling and you have my sympathy and best wishes.

      No snow down here: rain last night, clouds this mornings, sun in the afternoon then back to clouds.

      Marie, I wish the same to you: feeling good and sunny, even if the sun doesn’t appear!

      Maddie and Gracie are both in here with me, and they’re both asleep. I think Fern is either in the living room or upstairs also sleeping. Most times I am the only one awake. Gracie is snoring!

  7. flyboybob Says:

    Yesterday it rained with a cold north wind here in North Texas. The Rangers lost a day game to the Tampa Bay Rays in a dreary cold 37 degrees. It was the lowest temperature at game time in the history of the Ballpark at Arlington. That history only goes back to 94 :-0 Unlike the fans in bean town they are not used to seeing the home team play wrapped up in jackets, hoodies and blankets in April. Today the sun was shinning and the high temperature was in the 60s. Will Rogers is credited with the saying, “That if you don’t like Texas weather, just wait a minute and it will change”. In the last fifty years global warming has spread that saying around the entire country.

    The Iron Lady is still stirring up trouble in the UK after all these years. People are protesting her even before her corps is even cold. Her prescription for the economic ills of the UK was a dose of extremely bitter medicine. Many people suffered as their jobs, benefits and self worth were flushed down the toilet. By the time her buddy Reagan died even Democrats could come up with something nice to say about the greatest actor to ever play a President 🙂

    Cranky is ok as long as it only lasts for a day or so. Everyone has cranky spells every now and then 🙁

    • Kat Says:

      37˚ is just too cold for baseball. Heck, it’s too cold to sit outside and watch a football game! Mark Twain said the exact same thing before Will Rogers about the weather in New England, ” If you don’t like the weather in New England, just wait a few minutes.”

      Her economics brought England from the brink of bankruptcy. She had no choice.

      I think today’s weather doesn’t help make me Pollyanna!

  8. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    If misery loves company, I’ll be cranky with you. I wrenched by back trying to catch my new little debil, and according to the chiropractor it will take a week to heal. Plus debil cat isn’t speaking to me and hiding from me. I sometimes here her bells on her color, and she eats some during the night. I’m not a very patient person.

    We have had record highs for this time of year, and I can’t use the pool because of my cataract surgery. There MUST be something good to say…like the garden is blooming, and, oh dear, all this thinking is making me tired. Well, the good thing is there is always KTCC.

    • Kat Says:

      My sister is still working with her two new kitties. They come out to eat and do sleep on her bed, but not when she’s on it. In the morning her house is in shambles with rugs askew and toys all over. It will just take a little time. Maddie stayed under the bed for three weeks!. Good thin you’re patient and loving!!

      It’s cold and rainy!!

  9. Lori Kossowsky Says:

    I’m trying… Thought you might enjoy this Youtube. I think Ms. Jackson does very well at getting her points across. She’s a favorite of mine as an actress, and, I say bravo to her speech:

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